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20220623 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

June 23

ANGOLA – 23 JUN 2022

  • BAMBA – 23 JUN 2022 (12H15) The Independence Organization of the Angolan territory of Cabinda has denounced the attack on a military post of the Armed Forces of Cabinda (FAC) in the village of Sanda Massala, in the northeastern territory of Cabinda. According to reports, the FAC troops repelled an attack from the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) in the Miconje ​​military region after engaging in an exchange of gunfire, which led to the death of two civilians and several others injured, on Tuesday, 22 June 2022. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Cabinda has further warned the community of Cabinda that the security situation in Cabinda is tense.

 

BOTSWANA – 23 JUN 2022

  • GABORONE – 23 JUN 2022 (14H30) President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced a working visit from the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Phillip Davis, today, 23 June 2022. Masisi stated that during the meeting, they discussed ways of improving bilateral relations between the two countries. Both nations agreed to partner and exchange on the Bahamas, assisting in developing tourism in Botswana. In exchange, Botswana will assist the Bahamas with technical and other support in developing livestock farming in the Bahamas.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 23 JUN 2022

  • KINSHASA – 22 JUN 2022 (20H45) Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) organiser of the Standing Parliament, Jules Kalubi Mbuyamba, is expected to be prosecuted on Thursday, 23 June 2022. This follows after the Congolese National Police (CNP) arrested Mbuyamba for inciting violence through social networks. This followed after Mbuyamba allegedly provided addresses and names of suspected Rwandan infiltrators.
  • BUKAVU – 23 JUN 2022 (06H15) The Government of South Kivu has announced the decision to ease measures against the suspension of night movement to boats carrying goods on Lake Kivu. The Provincial Minister of Transport and Tourism, Matthieu Alimasi Malumbi, has affirmed that passenger traffic remains prohibited during the night, however, boats carrying goods are allowed to circulate. The decision is made within the framework for goods to allow trade within the region. Malumbi stated that each boat should not exceed more than 20 people occupying their goods. This announcement follows after the Provincial Government of South Kivu prohibited the movement of ships during the period of the evening on Lake Kivu from effect from 08 June 2022 until further notice.
  • KASINDI – 23 JUN 2022 (11H00) The Federation of Congo Enterprises (FEC) in the Lubero territory has called on its authorities to strengthen security along the Beni-Kasindi axis. The Local President of the organization, Polycarpe Ndivito, has stated that the route is being used as an alternative to supply the region with imported products. The FEC has also welcomed the Governor of North Kivu’s decision prohibiting the import and export of goods through the border post of Bunagana. Ndivito has further advised that traders should travel through Kasindi with their goods for their safety. This comes after the border post of Bunagana, located in Rutshuru territory, had been captured by the March 23 Movements (M23) rebels on 14 June 2022.

 

ESWATINI – 23 JUN 2022

  • LOBAMBA – 23 JUN 2022 (15H50) King Mswati III announced his departure from eSwatini to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State (CHOGM) meeting in Rwanda. Mswati stated that he will be travelling to Singapore after his visit to Rwanda, where he will attend the Business Investment Summit.

 

ETHIOPIA- 23 JUN 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 22 JUN 2022 (23H40) The United States (US) has issued a Red Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory for travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, elevated crime levels, and potential terrorism and kidnappings in border areas. The advisory further states that the situation in Addis Ababa remains stable. However, armed conflict is ongoing in other regions of the country, and the security situation may deteriorate without notice. The Ethiopian Government has previously restricted or shut down the internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest in the country. Telecommunication, electricity, and other public services currently remain restricted in the Tigray Region and other conflict areas. Therefore, all non-essential travel to Ethiopia remains unsafe and is not advised.

 

GHANA – 23 JUN 2022

  • ACCRA – 23 JUN 2022 (11H45) Ghana Health Service (GHS) announced that 18 of 72 suspected Monkeypox cases tested positive for the virus in four regions of Ghana. GHS stated that the four areas include Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono, and the Eastern region. The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that vaccines used during the smallpox eradication programme provide protection against monkeypox, and one newly-developed vaccine had been approved for the prevention of monkeypox.
  • ACCRA – 23 JUN 2022 (14H40) The Ghana National Gas Company, in a joint venture with Quantum PLC, announced an investment of $5,6 million (GHC 40 million) into the Corporate Social Responsibility Project Fund. The project fund will support developmental projects in education, transport, sanitation, health, and security and provide institutional, traditional and community support for project-affected communities. The fund is fed from the annual profits of both companies to improve affected livelihoods in the communities. Ghana Gas stated that they are working to ensure everyone across the country benefits from the company’s projects.

 

KENYA – 23 JUN 2022

  • NAIROBI – 22 JUN 2022 (23H50) Kenya Airways has announced plans to introduce 40 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft taxis through its new subsidiary, Fahari Aviation. This follows the signing of an agreement between Kenya Airways, Eve Holding and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The agreement allows the national carrier to introduce airborne taxi services to the country and establish a business model for drone cargo operations. The Letter of Intent (LOI) signed by the three companies includes joint studies through a working group to develop and scale the Urban Air Mobility market in Kenya. Eve Holding also recently signed an agreement with Kenya Airways to develop operational models for urban air mobility through Fahari Aviation. Under the agreement, Eve is expected to collaborate with Fahari to establish its mobility network and the required urban air traffic management procedures and operating environment.

 

LESOTHO – 23 JUN 2022

  • MASERU – 22 JUN 2022 (21H10) His Majesty King Letsie III announced a working visit from the Vice-President of the European Union (EU), Josep Borrel. Letsie stated that they discussed the ongoing reforms and the next elections in Lesotho during the visit. Letsie further stated that they discussed the impact of the war in Ukraine on the global food crisis.

 

MADAGASCAR – 23 JUN 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 23 JUN 2022 (07H30) The National Police’s Special Intervention Unit (USI) has announced the apprehension of a suspected gang member who has allegedly been involved in several criminal offences. According to an official at the USI, the suspect engaged in armed clashes with the National Police in Namontana, on Tuesday, 21 June 2022. The USI had also recovered various weapons on the suspect. Meanwhile, the suspect has been receiving treatment while being under Police custody.
  • BEALANANA – 23 JUN 2022 (09H30) Protest reported outside the Ambodiampana General Education College in the Bealanana district. Demonstrators are protesting in demand for the release of two educators who have been allegedly sentenced to imprisonment for ten years. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Law enforcement has been deployed to the area.

 

MALAWI – 23 JUN 2022

  • LILONGWE – 22 JUN 2022 (23H30) The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has announced the upward revision of petrol, diesel and paraffin prices in the country with effect from midnight, 23 June 2022. Petrol prices have increased from K1,380 to K1,999 per litre. Diesel prices have been increased from K1,470 per litre to K1,920, while Paraffin prices have been revised from K956 to K1,236. MERA has also increased the cost of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from K2,560 per kilogramme to K2,956. The announcement follows after MERA Board Chairperson Reckford Kampanje noted that the Malawi Kwacha had depreciated by 25% since April 2022.
  • LILONGWE – 23 JUN 2022 (10H20) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address the nation today, 23 June 2022, on the second anniversary of his election as President. Chakwera is expected to address the members requesting his resignation due to him not meeting the requirements he promised during his presidential candidacy in 2020. The announcement follows after President Chakwera held a development Rally in Mchinji on 17 May 2022. During the rally, Chakwera noted that he is set to construct the development projects implemented by the Government from Nsanje to Chitipa during his Presidency. Additionally, Chakwera is expected to discuss implementing the 2063 vision, a 10-year plan, a three-year plan and one year plan.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 23 JUN 2022

  • PEMBA – 22 JUN 2022 (19H20) The Cabo Delgado Provincial Government and MozParks Holding have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) to promote sustainable industrialisation and local content in the Cabo Delgado province. The agreement aims to develop Agro-Industrial parks across the region, focusing on the districts of Palma, Balama, Montepuez and Ancuabe. The provincial Government has stated intentions to integrate rural households into the sustainable agriculture value chain by expanding agro-industrial economic zones for agriculture and developing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The agro-industrial parks are expected to accommodate agriculture input suppliers, transport and handling services, processing and packaging companies, as well as storage and inspection facilities, linking smallholders to local, regional, and international agriculture value chains.

 

NIGERIA – 23 JUN 2022

  • ABUJA – 22 JUN 2022 (19H05) The Senate announced that they have constituted an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). Reports indicate that the investigation follows after Shell allegedly breached the Joint Venture Agreement with the Federal Government and non-compliance with the Petroleum Act. The Ad-Hoc Committee was mandated to probe the Oil Mining Lease granted to SPDC between 1959 to 1989, and 1989 to 2019 under the SPDC/NNPC Joint Venture agreement. Accordingly, the chamber demanded a refund of $200 million or any amount short of what was paid by SPDC, including penalties and interests under the said lease agreements to the coffers of the Federal Government.
  • ABUJA – 22 JUN 2022 (20H05) The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has agreed to extend the ongoing continuous voter registrations (CVR) by 60 days. This follows a meeting between the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters and the INEC on Tuesday, 21 June 2022. Additionally, the Federal High Court in Abuja had stopped the INEC from ending the CVR on Monday, 202 June 2022. The CVR had been set to end on 30 June 2022. The public will have to register on or before Monday, 29 August 2022.
  • JABI – 23 JUN 2022 (06H00) The Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Allied Institutions (NASU) have reiterated their statement noting that the ongoing strike would only be called off when the Federal Government meets members’ demands. This follows after the Branch Chairperson of NASU and SSANU announced the extension of its ongoing strike by two months. The National President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, and NASU’s General Secretary, Peter Adeyemi, have stated that the Government has not effectively resolved the issues. The two-month extension is with effect from Friday, 24 June 2022. Meanwhile, the Federal Government stated that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon be called off.
  • JOS – 23 JUN 2022 (07H50) The Plateau State Government has declared Monday, 27 June 2022 and Tuesday, 28 June 2022, as public holidays to enable citizens of the State to register at the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Permanent voter’s card slated to end on Thursday, 30 June 2022. According to the Secretary to the State Government, Danladi Atu, the governor’s decision was aimed at ensuring that citizens of Plateau State are not denied the opportunity to participate and vote ahead of the 2023 General Elections, scheduled to take place on 11 March 2023.
  • LAGOS – 23 JUN 2022 (13H00) The Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly (COSMBYLA) has demanded the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and the Chief of Army Staff, General Farouk Yahaya, to resign over the inability to combat the killing of citizens of Benue State and other parts of the country. President-General of the coalition, Goodluck Ibem, has condemned the killing of 16 traders at Udei and Yelwata communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected Fulani terrorists. This follows after unidentified armed men attacked the communities on Monday, 20 June 2022, and opened fire on residents, killing about 16 people while others were injured.

 

RWANDA – 23 JUN 2022

  • KIGALI – 22 JUN 2022 (23H10) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo have arrived in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The Heads of State are among several other delegates attending the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2022), being held between 20 June 2022 and 26 June 2022 at the Kigali Convention Centre.
  • KIGALI – 23 JUN 2022 (02H10) Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has announced that Canada is expected to establish a permanent embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Minister Joly has stated that this forms part of efforts to mitigate Russian and Chinese influence in Africa and improve bilateral relations with Rwanda and the region. Canada is subsequently also expected to appoint a permanent ambassador to Rwanda in addition to establishing a new ambassador to the African Union (AU), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The announcement follows the recent arrival of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Kigali to meet with Heads of Government from 53 countries in the Commonwealth during the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2022).
  • KIGALI – 23 JUN 2022 (08H00) The Mozambican Prime Minister, Adriano Maleiane, has arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is expected to participate on Friday, 24 June 2022 and Saturday, 25 June 2022, in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), representing the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi. The event will take place under the theme of Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming, aimed at discussing more sustainable and inclusive models for common development, centred on people and the environment, job creation for youth, building resilient health systems, as well as building inclusive societies, by reducing the digital divide, in the context of the post-COVID-19 socio-economic recovery.
  • KIGALI – 23 JUN 2022 (10H30) Rwanda is set to launch the ceremony for the construction of a BioNTech ‎messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA) vaccine factory today, 23 June 2022. The groundbreaking ceremony in the capital city of Kigali is to be attended by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, further heads of African states, as well as representatives from the European Union and the World Health Organization. The manufacturing plant for mRNA-based vaccines will be constructed in the Special Economic Zone in Gasabo District. The German company’s modular factory elements, BioNTainers, would be delivered to the Kigali construction site by the end of 2022. This follows after the company developed a strategy to enable African countries to produce its Comirnaty-branded shot under BioNTech’s supervision.
  • KIGALI – 23 JUN 2022 (17H30) During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the United Kingdom (UK) will invest £160 million in hydropower in Africa. Johnson stated that the investment will create 180,000 employment opportunities, reduce carbon emissions and generate electricity for 3 million civilians. Johnson met with President Paul Kagame after the meeting to discuss existing partnerships between Rwanda and the UK, including a controversial migrants deal.
  • KIGALI – 23 JUN 2022 (17H55) President Muhammadu Buhari announced a meeting with the Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Buhari stated that during the meeting, they discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

 

TANZANIA – 23 JUN 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 23 JUN 2022 (10H00) The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) has announced that the recent train derailment that took place on 22 June 2022 in Malolo was due to vandalism. According to reports, the train departed from Kigoma to Dar es Salaam, and eight freight wagons derailed in the Malolo area, 10 kilometres (KM) from the Tabora Train Station. The TRC Director General Masanja Kadogosa stated that the part of the railway was vandalised by unidentified suspects, which led to the death of four passengers and 132 others who sustained injuries. TRC’s Communication and Public Relations Head Jamila Mbarouk also stated that the 132 passengers were transferred to the Regional Hospital of Kitete, Tabora, for treatment. The accident occurred after another train, travelling to Tabora from Morogoro, was involved in an accident.

 

ZAMBIA – 23 JUN 2022

  • KABWE – 23 JUN 2022 (07H00) Central Province Minister Credo Nanjuwa has halted operations at Kaluba and parts of Kawasaki mine due to the pollution in residential areas near the mines in Waysward of Kabwe District. Nanjuwa has also summoned all team leaders of the mines to the office of the District Commissioner by 10H00, today, 23 June 2022. In addition, Nanjuwa has tasked the local authority to ensure the miners place culverts after closing the main canal hence blocking the waters. Nanjuwa has stressed the need for the local authority to work with the district commissioner’s office to ensure the residents’ safety.
  • LUANSHYA – 23 JUN 2022 (15H00) Castillo Copper Limited (CCZ) has announced the decision to grant the London-based Hyperion Copper company a 12-month option to acquire a 100%-owned subsidiary. CCZ owns four projects in Zambia’s Copperbelt, including the prime Luanshya and Mkushi Projects. The CCZ Board believes this is a positive outcome for all stakeholders since it secures a strategic partner committed to fully developing the Zambia projects’ exploration potential. Moreover, with Hyperion planning to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) market at the end of 2022, CCZ is set to accrue benefits via retaining its shareholding in Hyperion post listing. The following performance share obligations will remain with CCZ, 46 875 000 performance shares, converting to an equal number of CCZ shares on completion of a pre-feasibility study demonstrating an internal rate of return greater than 25% within five years of execution of the share sale agreement.

 

ZIMBABWE – 23 JUN 2022

  • HARARE – 22 JUN 2022 (20H15) The Magistrates Court has denied the bail applications of Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislators Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole. The legislators have appeared before the court on charges of inciting public violence during the funeral wake of Moreblessing Ali. Deputy Chief Magistrate Gibson Mandaza denied the bail application due to Sikhala breaching his bail conditions on a similar matter still pending before the courts. The Court hearing for the CCC legislators charged with inciting public violence in Nyatsime has been set for 06 July 2022.
  • MAKOKOBA – 23 JUN 2022 (11H50) Protest reported in Makokoba. The Local Peace Committee affiliated with the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance has embarked on a peaceful march for various political parties to encourage them to participate in electoral processes. Various political groups are participating in the march, including the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), and Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and National Patriotic Front (NPF). Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 JUN 2022

  • ZIMBABWE: Protest expected nationwide by teachers under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (Fozeu) on 27 June 2022.
  • NIGERIA: Protest expected by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, at the Federal High Court of Abuja.
  • ESWATINI: The Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) is expected to deliver a petition to Prime Minister (PM) Cleopas Dlamini on 29 June 2022.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique and Portugal are expected to host their fifth bilateral summit in July 2022.
  • ZAMBIA: Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, has announced that Zambia is expected to host the 4th African Union (AU) Mid-Year Coordinating meeting from 14 July 2022 until 17 July 2022.
  • NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Osun State Local Elections are expected to be held on 16 July 2022.
  • KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
  • ANGOLA: Angolan President João Lourenço has declared Wednesday, 24 August 2022, as the date for the fifth general elections to be conducted in the country.
  • RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
  • LESOTHO: The Kingdom of Lesotho is scheduled to conduct general elections in October 2022 to elect 120 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament.
  • ANGOLA: Energy Capital and Power (ECP) has announced that the 2022 Edition of Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) is expected to be held from 29 November 2022 until 01 December 2022.
  • RWANDA: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to host the second Annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2022) between 13 December 2022 and 15 December 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
  • NIGERIA: The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources has announced plans for the Sixth Edition of Nigeria’s International Energy Summit (NIES 2023) in Abuja from 16 April 2023 until 20 April 2023.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has approved a proposal that schedules 11 October 2023 as the date for the sixth municipal elections across the country.

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